On Tuesday, September 7, Sri Lankan-based International Water Management Institute (IWMI) presented a report to an international gathering of scientists at World Water Week in Stockholm, Sweden.
Warning that climate change is bringing more erratic rainfall, the report stated that the unreliable timing and variable amounts of rain are having increasingly noticeable effects on food security and economic growth.
This is due in part to the fact that approximately 66% of crops in Asia are rain-fed only, rather than irrigated, while in Africa a full 94% are rain-fed. Highlighting the very recent examples of extremely dry conditions leading to this summer’s devastating Russian fires and the opposite in the calamitous Pakistani floods, Sunita Narain, head of the Center for Science and Environment (CSE) in India, stated, “We are getting to a point where we are getting more water, more rainy days, but it's more variable, so it leads to droughts and it leads to floods.”
The scientists recommended more investment in water storage options as well as water management.
We thank the International Water Management Institute, Ms. Narain and other international scientists for reminding of the connection between climate and water imbalances that affect urgent food supplies.
Let us all work to restore natural harmony through sustainable daily actions that ensure our planetary survival. During a September 2009 videoconference in Peru, Supreme Master Ching Hai expressed her concern for humanity in light of the growing global food crisis, while also emphasizing the most comprehensive solution.